Weather Craziness

About a year ago, we had some major flash flooding, and the park and the soccer fields both flooded. Well, it happened again. This last week has been super crazy- it went from ten degrees to 60 in 48 hours, all the snow melted, and then we had torrential downpours so I woke up to this- the park water was even higher this year and you can see the water from my front porch:

If you are wondering why I sound stoned to the bejeezus, it’s because when the temperatures go from 11 to 60 in 48 hours and it rains, I am gifted overnight with Gary Busey’s sinus cavity. At any rate, a major (well, for around here) road was shut down and you can see why:

At any rate, the temps are now in the freezing range again, and it is all going to freeze and then snow all night long, so who knows what kind of mess tomorrow will be.

85 replies
  1. 1
    Fair Economist says:

    Obviously coal is the future for West Virginia!

    Just not a good future.

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    donnah says:

    I was scheduled to teach a workshop Saturday, but our weather has cancelled it. We went from warm weather for the past three days to a cold air blast this morning. So far we have an inch of snow and bitterly cold wind, with a potential for another three inches of snow and temps in the twenties tomorrow.

    SW Ohio, a weather sampler every day. And costing me money!

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    trollhattan says:

    Dayumn, like Santa Barbara County only fewer boulders.

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    debbie says:

    @Fair Economist:

    I should think if the rain keeps up, sinkholes will follow.

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    I’m headed to a cabin in Murphys for the weekend, so it’ll be slightly colder than I’m used to but not by a lot.

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    trollhattan says:


    I’m just a Storm Trooper grunt, seventeen years in the service, so I don’t follow politics all that closely, you know? I fight the Resistance, I hyperspace home six parsecs to my wife and kids on Eadu, and then I do it again the next day. Your classic man in the white Phase III armor.
    And I’d cast my ballot for Supreme Leader Snoke, if we had voting. I’m a law-and-order guy, obviously, so I’m with him on exterminating all Resistance scum. I love his First Order First agenda of building a force field around our planets and making those freeloading aliens in the Mos Eisley Cantina pay for it. Oh, yeah, and draining the swamp on Dagobah—Snoke tells it like it is, and if you can’t handle it, go back to your own galaxy.

    Except things started changing when Snoke passed that big tax bill. The very next day, we’re told our pensions are getting cut—which hardly matters, because Storm Troopers have a seventy-five-per-cent fatal occupational-injury rate. (Some from combat, but mostly guys falling into chasms off narrow ship walkways that for some reason don’t have guardrails.)

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    FlyingToaster says:

    You’re sending it our way.

    We’re in the middle of the rain now, washing away the 4-story snow piles in the grocery store parking lots.

    Saturday’s high is 58°; the low (Sunday before dawn) will be 10°.

    At least I refilled the birdseed bin before we return to Hothworld.

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    Catherine D. says:

    Same here, but we’re expecting the rain to go to ice and then 8 to 14 inches of snow overnight. Sigh.

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    Timurid says:

    In other news, the White House claims that Donald aced his physical.

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    eclare says:

    Here in Memphis, 65 yesterday, currently 27, low tonight of 19. And it started sleeting/snowing this morning. Luckily I didn’t have to get out in it. Those wily Chinese and their climate change hoax!

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    Jabba the Hutt’s weirdo son—I can never remember his name, something the Hutt


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    Mart says:

    Looked up Bethany, God Damned WV on the FEMA flood map. Buffalo Creek winds around town and the 100 year flood plain with it. Assume that you are on the southeast part of town with the park behind you. Parks are often placed in the 100 year flood plain so nobody builds there. If my guestimate of your location is correct, your and the adjoining homes are outside of the 100 and 500 year flood exposure. Good news! Repeated flooding in a 100 year Zone is not uncommon. Exceeding the 500 year level used to be very rare, now (anecdotally based on my experience) not so much.

    Bethany Digitized Flood Map –

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    danielx says:

    Snow is temporarily over and temperature is dropping like a rock. Spouse and daughter units put off weekly shopping for sundries until tomorrow, since we have groceries etc already. I was asked if being out of shaving cream was a crisis and indicated ‘no’, a position I am rethinking. I shave every day and feel…unkempt when I don’t.
    Some guys can have a couple of days stubble and look good, whereas I just look like a wino.

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    m.j. says:

    Where I am on Thursday afternoon on my drive home I saw these magnificent sundogs. The temperature had dropped quickly and ice was everywhere. People were having trouble opening their car doors.
    The ice that formed high in the atmosphere made the sundogs exceptionally good. They were elongated and spectral, showing all the colors of the rainbow. In my mind I could picture their arcs encompassing the sun.
    I wish I had had the presence of mind to take a picture.

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    satby says:

    @eclare: it was a rainy 55 yesterday and the 6-8 inches that had been in the ground melted, then it dropped 30° in just a few hours and all the wet roads became ice covered ones. But the up to 8 inches of snow that was supposed to start today now is expected Sunday. We only got an inch, though it’s going to start snowing again.
    Sunday is my last day at the doctor’s office. Hoping the majority of the snow holds off until after work.

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    tracy ratclif says:

    Southern Ohio, the pouring rain just changed to snow. My weather app says 5-8″ (!!!!)

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    Steeplejack says:


    Link fail. I fix: Bethany digitized flood map.

    ETA: You fixed.

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    trollhattan says:

    After fog all day the sun is finally out and I shall cycle home without getting soaked. Win!

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    Mart says:

    @Steeplejack: Thanks, I think I ended up fixing, but have issues with internet buttons. Need to zoom in at the link for the flood plains to show up. Recommend everyone check FEMA flood maps when buying a new home, etc.

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    chris says:


    Some guys can have a couple of days stubble and look good, whereas I just look like a wino.

    Me too. Try shaving with hair conditioner, you’ll never buy another can of shaving cream.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    At least we get warm temperatures with our flooding and landslides, so it’s a trade-off. Yeesh.

    I’m doing a daylong novel-writing seminar at a hotel by the airport tomorrow, so I decided to get a room and stay overnight rather than having to leave the house at 7 am tomorrow morning, because I am NOT a morning person and I didn’t want to be miserable all day long.

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    danielx says:


    Try shaving with hair conditioner, you’ll never buy another can of shaving cream.

    For realz? Never heard that one before.

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    Sebastian says:

    In case it wasn’t discussed already:

    Tweety got caught on video joking about date-raping Hillary.

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    John Cole says:

    @Mart: Here is the link to the post from last year with maps.

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    chris says:

    Got up this morning and thought the Russians or the Chinese had hacked my fancy electronic thermometer. It was 55 degrees Fahrenheit here in Nova Scotia and it got up to 63 this afternoon. The Halifax airport is reporting the least amount of snow since they started keeping records in 1953. Buckets of rain due to start any time now but it’s not going to cool down until tomorrow night when we go back in the freezer again.

    Going to visit the neighbour tomorrow and ask him how the global warming hoax is going. It’s fun to watch him squirm.

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    Mart says:

    @John Cole: You and yours should be dry unless God directs you to build an Ark. Scroll or zoom in at the FEMA link and you can see your neighborhood easy enough.

    Cannot link to Zoomed in image – hit the “+” sign on the map, or use your mouse wheel.

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    chris says:

    @danielx: For realz. Learned about it from a Neil Gaiman post years ago and it changed my life. I still hate shaving but it’s bearable now.

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    Ruckus says:

    What’s wrong with winos?

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    karensky says:

    It is 62F in Philly now. It will be 14F tomorrow night. The weather this January is wack.

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    Mike J says:

    “This White House can’t even run a f*cking conference call,” a reporter on an unmuted phone line angrily exclaimed to the entire call. “They don’t know how to mute their line.”

    “It’s the illegitimate media that doesn’t know how to conduct themselves. They can’t mute their f*cking phones,” an unidentified official said. “Mute your phones.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Mike J:

    The leader of a conference call (in this case, the White House) has an override code that can mute all of the lines. The fact that the morons at the White House didn’t realize something that fucking basic tells you all you need to know.

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    Mary G says:

    Looks like no more rain here for the next ten days. Tomorrow low 57, high 75. It’s still a mess in Montecito, so it’s probably good no rain is coming.

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    Mike J says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Is that where the oil soap comes from?

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    Ruckus says:

    I use Neutrogena shave cream. But then I only shave once every 2 or 3 weeks. Having a beard is a time saver. And even though I’m on the same blade for the last 5-6 months I never have to worry about slashing my throat getting ready for work.

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    Three-nineteen says:

    In MI this morning, my 15 minute commute consisted of rain, then freezing rain, then sleet, then a “wintry mix”, then snow.

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    raven says:

    @karensky: Go Falcons!

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    Ruckus says:

    That of course is not all the basic stuff that they are ignorant of. I’d bet the list of stuff they aren’t ignorant of is far shorter. And of course because they are the smartest kids in class (not) they sure aren’t going to ask.

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    Mike J says:

    @Mnemosyne: I am aware of this. I did find it funny that even in the middle of fucking up, they not only blame other people but refer to them as “illegitimate.” Always projection with Republicans.

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    p.a. says:

    WU: Pvd high Sat 57, low Sat nite 20, 25 about the time the Pat’s game starts. Foxborough is usually colder. Winds 10mph. Just for shits and giggles take Tennessee and the points.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I wish the phrase “wintry mix” could be retired from the language.

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    @Mike J: I always assumed that was all made by a guy named Murphy.

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    Fair Economist says:

    @Mary G:

    Looks like no more rain here for the next ten days. Tomorrow low 57, high 75. It’s still a mess in Montecito, so it’s probably good no rain is coming.

    Good for Montecito but bad for our climate. Some areas in Socal are probably at all-time drought records for the time of year.

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    Yarrow says:

    @chris: You can also use olive oil to shave. Good for your skin, too.

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    p.a. says:

    @Yarrow: Just opened a bar of olive oil soap I got at a Greek fest. It’s rancid.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mart: According to these guys, the evil is traveling on/in the water:

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    chris says:

    @Ruckus: I’d have a beard if I could grow a nice one but it wasn’t meant to be. Read somewhere that only around 15% of men can produce the kind of whiskers that everyone admires. Conditioner made shaving almost pleasant, it’s dirt cheap and the blades last a lot longer.

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    Yarrow says:

    @p.a.: That sounds disgusting. You can just use the actual oil straight from the bottle to shave. Only need a few drops. Even if it’s not your favorite, if you run out of shaving cream or whatever you use to shave, most people have some olive oil on hand and you can use it in a pinch.

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    Sloane Ranger says:

    O/T but bad news. Raw Story just posted that the Doctor who examined Trump has said he is in excellent health.

    Given his eating habits and obvious weight problem, how can this be?

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    Steeplejack says:


    I’m going to have to check this out! I’ve been trying to find a replacement for the Nivea shaving cream that I was using and which has disappeared from the stores. (Note: not foam or gel.) It was amazing: came in a toothpaste-type tube, and I needed only a little dab about as big as a pencil eraser for a shave. It didn’t lather up, but it was super smooth and gave a great shave. I could see hair conditioner having that same texture/​consistency.

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    chris says:

    @Yarrow: Olive oil works but it doesn’t rinse off like conditioner.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @chris: Is this a one weird wino trick that the shaving cream companies hate?

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    efgoldman says:


    You’re sending it our way.

    Us, too (45 miles South of you.)
    Climate change is a hoax, but we have two "hundred year" storms in less than 40 years.
    The other night, mrs efg and I were thinking that the fire and rescue personnel in California are all going to end up with PTSD.

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    Jeffro says:

    @karensky: It’s crazy.

    Only way to combat it is to go see The Greatest Showman (or go see Star Wars again!) =)

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    Old Dan and Little Anne says:

    -30 wind chill last week. 60 today at noon. 12 inches of snow by noon tomorrow. Life in western NY.

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    chris says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Probably. But I’ve tried everything I could afford over the years and this works and costs maybe $6 a year.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mike J: @Mnemosyne: Apparently they can’t figure out how the phone works. The learning curve for these folks is flat.

    The White House has struggled with facilitating background briefings on conference calls before.

    In July 2017, during another background call on the administration’s Iran policy, a participant on the call announced that his “inflatable doll is a lesbian.”

    Last May, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney hosted a call that quickly devolved into a scene out of an episode of the HBO series “Veep,” in which crying babies, hacking coughs, and the tune of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” were heard on the line.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Sloane Ranger:

    “He’s in excellent health for a fat, sedentary sack of sh—”

    [cuts audio]

    “Thank you, doctor, that will be all.”

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Steeplejack: That’s the same stuff sold as Florena in Germany. I buy a few tubes every time I’m there. It lathers up very nicely if used with a shaving brush, as intended.

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    chris says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    The learning curve for these folks is flat.

    Come now, they did learn to turn the lights on. Or so I heard.

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    Mart says:

    @Adam L Silverman: No doubt anaerobic spongiform ghosts formed from the black lungs of deceased coal miners. Their souls, disturbed by fracking, are on the loose. Note to Cole – Get OUT!

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    efgoldman says:


    Man, she can’t fall down an elevator shaft soon enough.

    Much too quickly fatal. Slow and painful does it. And her brother makes two.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Sloane Ranger:
    It seems that Dr Harold Bornstein, famous during the campaign for that hilariously unprofessional doctor’s note attesting to Trump’s amazing good health, is no longer Trump’s doctor. But the official statement on the latest medical exam reads a lot like Bornstein’s note.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @zhena gogolia: Sounds like popcorn with chocolate-peppermint bark.

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    @Mike J: We are being ruled by malevolent morons.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Huh. Don’t see a shaving brush in my future, but good to know.

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    Mike J says:

    @Sloane Ranger: The White House statement that was supposedly from the doctor misspelled his name.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Steeplejack: It makes the process a lot more pleasant.

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    laura says:

    @trollhattan: Wettest foggy day in a long, long time.

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    efgoldman says:


    they did learn to turn the lights on. Or so I heard.

    They hired a former shabbos goy to show them how.

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    Adria McDowell says:

    Here in Columbus, it’s practically a blizzard- snowy, windy, cold, and low visibility. My husband, working right now at Cincinnati International (outside, no less), says the same thing.

    And it’s heading your way!

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    Ruckus says:

    The Neutrogena shave cream that I use comes in a tube, more than slick enough, I find it in the supermarket. Leave it on for a few seconds then very smooth shaving. Probably expensive if you use it every day, like all of their products. But it works.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mart: Based on season 2, there appears to be a demon or an elemental trapped in a cave system trying to get out.

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    Doug! says:

    Very cool pictures.

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    Another Scott says:

    [tap] [tap] . Is this things on?

    It looks like it is.


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    Gravenstone says:

    @Amir Khalid: It also misspells the doctor’s first name. It’s as bogus as anything else Trump related.

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    danielx says:

    Arctic air is settling in.

    I hate hearing that.

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    Another Scott says:

    @Gravenstone: We should know more Tuesday, assuming the doc is able to answer questions.


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    Aleta says:

    @Steeplejack: One of my friends says this is the only thing he can use. (He gets red/rashes whenever he shaves with anything else, and says the citrus sunshine flavor foams the best for shaving.)
    It and more flavors can also be bought at the co. that makes it, the Oregon Soap Co. It’s also very nice stuff for washing hands and all.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    Thanks to all for the shaving cream recommendations. I’ll do some research and see what works the best.

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    1000 flouncing lurkers (was fidelio) says:

    @Steeplejack: Amazon has the tubes, still.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @1000 flouncing lurkers (was fidelio):

    Yeah, I know, but it’s from weird third parties, some (apparently) not even in the U.S. I’d like to find something that’s widely available.

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    Here in Bloomington, Indiana, 10 days ago we were having sub zero temps. This past weekend we climbed to the thirties. Thursday the sixties. Friday it sleeted, iced, and snowed all day, and Saturday there is 3 -4 inches on the ground and it is 14 degrees.

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